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West Michigan school districts closed Friday due to threats

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Posted at 5:36 AM, Dec 03, 2021

WEST MICHIGAN — Some West Michigan school districts canceled classes on Friday after receiving threats.

The Chippewa Hill School District, Big Rapids Public Schools, Fruitport Area Schools, Ionia County Career Center and Ionia Public Schools are closed Friday, Dec. 3.

Officials with Big Rapids Public Schools say they were notified of a concerning statement that may have been made by a high school student.

Ionia Public Schools said they received a threat towards the middle school and the safety of students and staff remain the top priority.

Jason Kennedy, Superintendent of Fruitport Public Schools spoke with FOX 17 following their decision to cancel classes for the day.

"The threat was received early this morning and immediately 911 was called a report was filed and an investigation was opened into the matter," Kennedy said. "The district followed all of the processes outlined within our emergency operations plan to assess the level of threat and out of an abundance of caution. The district made the decision to cancel all school programs all after school events, activities and facility rentals for today, while the while the matters being investigated."

The Chippewa Hills School District is also closed on Friday after receiving a concerning email. Police will be on scene to further assess the situation.

For a complete list of closings click here.